Brouillette, Stiles run to victories in Thanksgiving Day Races

GUELPH – Robert Brouillette of Cambridge and Liam Stiles of Guelph ran away with the feature events at the annual Thanksgiving Day Races on the streets that enclose Exhibition Park.

Brouillette took the opening and longest of Monday’s races as he was victorious in the Vic Matthews 10k. He led most of the way to win in 32 minutes, 42.21 seconds while professional triathlete Jackson Laundry of Guelph was the runner-up in 33:09.04.

Top female finisher was Shannon Kelsey Schilthuis of Hamilton, seventh overall in 37:59.33. Deb Powell was second in 42:30.63.

The race’s schedule also included the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Mile, the Metalumen 5k, a 1k for students in Grades 1 to 3, a 3k and a children’s 100-metre dash.

A total of 15 runners competed in the 3-in-1 which included the mile, 5k and 3k races.

Stiles, the youngest of the 15 at age 22, won that for the second year in a row as he was first of the 15 in all three and was the outright winner in both the mile and the 3k. He completed all three with an overall time of 26:11.4 while Jeff Rowthorn was second at 31:03.2 and Mark Nicholson of Guelph third in 33:08.4.

Jennifer-Lynn Schneider was top female in the 3-in-1 as she was fifth overall in 33:38.9.

Liam Stiles won the Nicholas Lambden Memorial Mile in 4:57.64 while Ben Smith was second in 5:42.78 and Matthew Christian of Toronto third in 5:47.03. Schneider was top female, sixth overall in 6:14.41 while Olwyn Reed of Guelph was eighth overall in 6:24.80.

Brendan Hancock of New Hamburg won the Metalumen 5k in 16:10.33. It was the race that attracted the most participants as 207 finished. Dylan Pust of Durham was second at 16:28.15 and Ian McCreery of Innerkip third in 17:12.76. Top female finisher was Mary Catherine Stewart of Guelph was 19th in 19:40.73 while Katie Peach of Milton was 20th in 19:44.23.

Stiles also won the 3k in 9:38.05 while Lucas Wilson of Toronto was runner-up in 10:16.39 and Moses Harrison of Guelph was third in 10:42.00. Schneider won the women’s category as she was seventh overall in 12:10.80 and Isabelle Beattie of Guelph was second, 11th overall in 12:36.50.

Top five in the 1k for Grades 1 to 3 were Joshua Page, Brody McKnight, Denna McKenna, Kryn Kelly and Henry Sharman.

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